July 4th: Celebrating Our Traditional American Family

by | Jul 4, 2015 | July 4th, National Parks | 14 comments

Prayer for the Church and for the Civil Authorities
Composed by Archbishop Carroll, 1791

We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name. 

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope Francis, the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation. 

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his Excellency, the governor of this State, for the members of the Assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability. 

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal. 

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Happy Independence Day! 


  1. Kari


    2015-07-05 02:31:38

  2. Kathy

    Such a beautiful picture! God bless.

    2015-07-05 07:04:35

  3. celine

    ooh, I love the girls' red boots

    2015-07-05 13:17:43

  4. bernadetteosborne

    Beautiful prayer, and delicious-looking dessert! The Sound of Music was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that fabulous photo of you and your wonderful family. God bless! 🙂

    2015-07-05 22:28:42

  5. Teresa in Kansas

    I like the title! Good for you! – You're looking great, by the way 🙂

    2015-07-06 05:08:05

  6. Jacinta

    Amen! God bless your beautiful family!

    2015-07-06 14:43:24

  7. Meg Ross

    "A picture is worth a thousand words"–as usual, your family is a light to this world! Thank you!

    2015-07-06 16:27:37

  8. Joanna

    Amen! Beautiful prayer and beautiful picture!

    2015-07-07 04:05:53

  9. Christine M.

    I love your picture! So cute! I hope all is well. We made our move and are slowly making progress unpacking. God bless!

    2015-07-10 18:37:37

  10. Guest

    Praying everything is well!

    2015-07-16 20:31:47

  11. Mom2Seven

    Such a lovely picture of your family! Christmas card worthy! +JMJ+

    2015-07-17 18:59:34

  12. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you for the prayers! Our summer has been unusually full this year and I've had limited access to wifi! I'm hoping that changes soon! 🙂

    2015-07-17 13:51:38

  13. Jessica Gordon

    Yay! So glad to hear that you are getting settled in your new home! You've been in my prayers!

    2015-07-17 13:52:43


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